Difference between Japanese Splatoon & English Splatoon

I’m really into Splatoon now.
I play it in Japanese, but I found that there are so many differences between Japanese Splatoon & English Splatoon, so I want to show them.

At first, in Splatoon, the words are not just translated basically.
Japanese Splatoon uses many puns or rhymes and use words related with fish or Japanese culture,
and English Splatoon does not use these Japanese words. I think that Nintendo try to use familiar words for each user.

In this game, Squid is the main icon. In Japanese, Squid is イカ(ika).
There are the same pronounce words, so they appear in this game.
In English Splatoon use “Ink-redible”, in Japanese Splatoon use words like that very much.
e.x.  イカしてる – means very cool (Ink-redible)
イカす – means use something in good way

Then, I want to explain the details of differences.

  1. CharacterName
    The Squid Sisters
    The Squid Sisters called “シオカラーズ (Shiokara-zu)” in Japanese.
    シオカラ means 塩辛 which is Japanese meal. We eat with rice and Squid Siokara is very popular.

    (塩辛?) is a food in Japanese cuisine made from various marine animals that consists of small pieces of meat in a brown viscous paste of the animal’s heavily salted, fermented viscera. The raw viscera are mixed with about 10% salt, 30%malted rice, packed in a closed container, and fermented for up to a month.   (from wikipedia)

    So, Shiokara-zu means Shiokara-s, zu (s) is English -s (Plural form)

    Callie is called “アオリ(Aori)” in Japanese.
    Aori Ika (Aori Squid) is very popular squid in Japan, so Aori is a kind of squid name.

    Marie is called “ホタル(Hotaru)” in Japanese.
    Hotaru Ika (Hotaru Squid) is very popular squid in Japan, so Hotaru is a kind of squid name, too.
    Hotaru Squid is small Squid.

    Cap’n Cuttlefish
    Cap’n Cuttlefish is called “アタリメ司令 (Atarime Shirei) in Japanese.
    Shirei is Captain, so it is same. Atarime is Dried shredded squid, and it is very popular for eating with alcohol.
    There are so many kinds of dried shredded squid. Atarime is hard one, and Surume is soft one.

    Jelenzo is called “エチゼン(Echizen)” in Japanese.
    Echizen Kurage (Echizen Jerryfish) is a kind of Jerryfish.
    Japanese do not eat this Jerryfish, but sometimes too many Echizen Jerryfish appear,
    so we hear the name on TV news.

    Sheldon is called “ブキチ(Bukichi)” in Japanese.
    This name is not related with fish name.
    In Japanese, weapon is 武器(Buki) and 吉(kichi) is old popular name for man,
    so just mixed Buki and Kichi.

    Crusty Sean
    Crusty Sean is called “ロブ(lob)” in Japanese.
    He is a lobster so lob.

    Annie is called “アネモ(Anemo)” in Japanese.
    She is a Sea Anemone, so Anemo.

  2. Weapon
    Almost weapons are same names, but I want to talk about some weapons.

    Splattershot Jr.
    Splattershot Jr. is called “わかばシューター(Wakaba Shooter)”.
    Wakaba means green leaf which is a young leaf,
    so it shows also a beginner, like Jr.
    In Japan, Wakaba is also used for the symbol of biggner car drivers.

    Custom Splattershot Jr.
    Custom Splattershot Jr. is called “もみじシューター(Momiji Shotter).
    Momiji means red leaf maple which is old leaf,
    so it shows also not beginner.
    In Japan, Momiji is also used for the symbol for old car drivers.

    Rainmaker is called Gachi-Hoko.
    In Japanese, Ranked Battle is called Gachi Battle.
    Gachi is a slang and means serious.Hoko is taken from Shachi-Hoko.This is Shachi-Hoko.
    Yes! This is the rainmaker’s weapon.This is a decor on the Japanese castle.
    Can you see the gold Shachi-Hoko?

  3. Stage
    In Japanese, the stage names are made by two words.
    The front one is just name and sometimes it is fish name.
    The back one shows place and this is almost same between Japanese and English.

    Arowana Mall /Japanese: アロワナモール (Exactly same name)

    Blackbelly Skatepark / Japanese: Bバスパーク(B-bass park)
      I heard B-bass means Blackbass (Micropterus) which is fish name.

    Bluefin Depot / Japanese: ネギトロ炭鉱 (Negitoro Tanko)
      Negitoro is one of Sushi. Tanko is coal mine.

    Camp Triggerfish /Japanese: モンガラキャンプ場 (Mongara Camp jo)
    Mongara is a fish name and same as Triggerfish. (I don’t know the details.)

    Flounder Heights /Japnaese: ヒラメヶ丘団地 (Hirame ga oka danchi)

    Hirame is Flounder fish, but there are another fish in Japan whichi is Karei.
    This is Hirame.
    This is Karei.
    Almost same!? haha!
    But Hirame is more expensive and Karei is popular for family dinner.

    Kelp Dome / Japanese: モズク農園 (Mozuku Nouen)

    Mozuku is kelp but it is one of kelp. Japanese eat many seawood, so there are so many words.

    Moray Towers / Japanese: タチウオパーキング (Tachiuo Parking)
    I think Moray is not Tachiuo…
    Moray is Utsubo in Japanese I think.

    This is Moray (Utsubo).

    This is Tchiuo. (In English Largehead hairtail or beltfish)

    Port Mackerel / Japanese: ホッケふ頭 (Hokke Futo)
    Mackerel is Saba in Japanese.

    This is Mackerel (Saba)

    This is Hokke. (In English Okhotsk atka mackerel)

    These fish’s grill with salt are very good.

    Hokke’s grill with salt

    Saltspray Rig / Japanese: シオノメ油田 (Shionome Yuden)
    Almost same meaning

    Urchin Underpass / Japanese: デカライン高架下 (Deka line Koukashita)
    Deka line is big line. Koukashita is Underpass. I don’t know why they call “Urchin”
    but the rhythm is good.

    Walleye Warehouse / Japanese: ハコフグ倉庫 (Hakofugu Souko)
    Hakofugu is Ostraciidae fish.
    Hakofugu is one of Fugu. Fugu is really expensive and delicious fish in Japan.

    I think Japanese eat fishes so much, so fish names familiar for us, but English fish names are not familiar for other countries because they do not eat name kinds of fish.
    Fish is important for Japanese meal! If you come to Japan, let’s try many fishes!

New Year’s day

In Japan, new year’s day is the most important event.
Almost stores close on new year’s day, and I feel solemn.

My family tend to enjoy event and Japanese culture.
My parents say “please stay at home when we see the old year out and the New Year in,
so I’ve never been with my friends and boyfriend on the end of new yea’s eve.

Then, there are many traditional things on new year’s day.
I’ll write “my” new year’s day, so I don’t think every Japanese spend new year’s day like my family.

大晦日 New Year’s Eve
-紅白歌合戦 Kouhaku
We watch “Kouhaku”.
Kouhaku is a TV program  and only for new year’s eve.
Kouhaku means red and white, and singer separate into red team and white team.
Women belong to red team. and men belong to white team.
Popular singer sing and we vote which team is good.
Usually, I don’t watch song program. (Actually, I don’t watch TV so much.)
However, I wanna feel New Year’s Eve, and just talk with my family during watching Kouhaku.
I’ve lived by myself for 6 years, so I just wanna talk about music with my family.
I don’t listen J-Pop so much, but I enjoy talking.

-年越しそば Soba for coming new year
I don’t know why we eat, but it’s Japanese custom to eat Soba on New Year’s Eve.
It’s same as usual Soba, but we call it “年越しそば Toshikoshi Soba” when we eat it on New year’s Eve.
*年越しそば means Soba for coming new year

お正月 New Year’s day
My family eat breakfast around 9:00 a.m.
It is later than usual.
Why? I think that everyone don’t want to wake up early on new year’s day,
and just wait for everyone, because we eat breakfast together.

We sit around Kotatsu. (Kotatsu is a low table and cover with coverlet. It’s really warm, so we love it)
My father says “あけましておめでとうございます。今年も宜しくおねがいします。Happy new year. I look forward to your continued good will in the coming year.”
(It’s difficult to translate because it’s a greeting for new year’s day.)
We say same greeting.
Then, we talk about each own goal in the order of olds, so my grandma is first and my younger brother is the last.
I said just “This year, I wanna get more points on TOEIC, and work hard for my third year of job. I will move, and I don’t have any specific plan now, but I will”.
After that, if there is a child, we give お年玉 Otoshidama.
We give money for children.
In my family, the child who go school can be given it.
Therefore, I gave Otoshidama to my brother. (He is 22 years old!!)
Our relatives gave Otoshidama to our parents in advance, they just keep it, and they gave them to my brothers, too.

After these conversations, we drink Otoso.

-お屠蘇 Otoso
It’s special Sake for New year’s day.
It contains some medicine, and drink for praying our health.

When we drink it, there are some rules.
Drink n the order of olds. (I searched for rules on the Internet, they say “Drink in the order of youngs)
Pour into three times, and drink by three times.

-おせち Osechi

It’s special meals for New year’s day.
It looks like gorgeous Bento box.
Each meal has good meaning.
For example, Kazunoko is eggs of herring, and it means “Be blessed with many children”.
We eat for good luck.

-お雑煮 Ozoni

It’s special Mochi soup.
Put baked Mochi into the soup.

After eating, we go to 初詣 Hatsumode.

Before I write about Hatsumode, I wanna talk about decorating house.
-しめ縄 Shimenawa

It is like a chrismas wreath.
We just decorate on the door.

It uses pine and bamboo.
It decorates gates, but in my house, there is in the entrance, too.

-初詣 Hatsumode
It means the first pray.
My parents like Kengun shrine and Ukishima shrine.
(My hometown is near Kumamoto city)
We go to these shrines.
We pray for each wish.
Recently, I don’t have any trouble, so I just pray for our health.

Then, We draw our future.
It’s called おみくじ Omikuji.
I pick up one, and it says some fortune telling.
I don’t believe so much, but enjoy.

Ukishima Shrine means floating island Shrine.
It doesn’t float actually, but it looks like floating.

In Japanese, floating is 浮く Uku.
Then, passing in an exam is 受かる Ukaru.
It almost same, so this shrine has good luck.
My father’s hobby is fly-fishing, and this shrine enshrine float for fishing,
so he like Ukishima Shrine, and buys a float good luck charm.

Kengun shrine is popular, so many people go to there.
InKengun shrine, Shinto priests exorcise bad luck.
(*but I know, it’s for only Hatsumoude, and they are part-time job!)

My family lived at my mother’s house before.
My mother’s parents had passed away, so she keeps many things.
My mother keeps Kimonos, too.
In recent years, I wear Kimonos to go to Hatsumode.
I don’t know about Kimono deeply, but these Kimonos are kind of 小紋 Komon.
It’s easy to wear. I have my Kimono, and it’s is 振り袖 Furisode.
It was for my new coming age of ceremony, and it’s difficult to wear,
so I can’t wear by myself, and my mother can’t help me into Furisode.
However, she can help me into Komon.
In my house, there are about 5 Kimonos, maybe, and I put on these.
I’ll show my photos.

It’s my Furisode for new coming age of ceremony.

2012, ensemble Kimono

2013, Komon (My aunt gave me it)

2014, Komon (same as 2013)


In addition, It’s my photo of university graduation ceremony.
It’s Hakama, but I use my Furisode, too.

I wanna switch back to the topic.

My parents prepare a fantastic dinner for new year’s day.
This year, we ate reallyreally really really really expensive sea urchin.
My parents usually get good sea food before New Year’s day.
Dinner of New Year’s day is my happiness!

Why do Japanese people pray?

Today, I wanna talk about Japanese religion.
My kinder garden was Christian, and my high school was Buddhist,
however I haven’t studied about the history of Japanese religion.
Therefore, something is wrong perhaps.

Almost Japanese people don’t believe in any religion.
I don’t have my religion, too.

However, almost Japanese people pray at shrines and temple.
I consider about that.

In ancient time, Japanese believed there were many gods in the world.
For example, god of the mountain, god of the river, god of the big stone, god of the big tree, so on.
These thinking create 神道”Shinto”, so there are many shrines in Japan.

However, Buddhism came to Japan. Buddhism was created by Buddha in India.
People built many temples, and Japanese people create own Buddhism.
Then, Shinto and Buddhism were mixed in Japan.

These history made our culture, so there are many shrines and temples in Japan.
Japanese people have prayed at shrines and temples.

We don’t know about the teaching of Buddha and the teaching of Shinto.
but to pray at shrines and temples are our custom.
We just protect our custom and our culture.

Is it strange?
Do you think that any teaching help us, and the god lead us the right way?

Actually, we have “道徳”morality.
We have Morality class in our primary school.

This class taught us “Think about the feeling of other people”, “Say thank you, if people help you”.
These things are natural, but important.

Almost Japanese people think that “there is not the god”,
but if people hear “お天道さまが見てる” (The god of sun always watch you),
they think that they can’t do any bad conduct.
This means that do not do any bad conduct even if anybody watch you because the god of sun always watch you.
However, I think that it also means “Your conscience will not forgive your bad conduct”.

In addition, many Japanese people do not believe “ghost”, I think,
but many people do not want to go to the haunted place.
I also do not want, because 触らぬ神に祟りなし. (it means that if you do not touch the god, he won’t be angry)

People do not believe any supernatural things because they are not scientific,
but we do not want any curse, so it is good not to do any bad conduct.

When we go to shrines and temples, if we didn’t pray, we have a feeling that we do bad conduct.
I don’t know why, but we always pray at shrines and temples, so we feel like that, maybe.

Japanese culture have been imported other cultures and mixed.
Now, we pray at shrines on a new year, and held a wedding at churches, and held a funeral with Buddhism style.
These things seem to be ceremony or festival.
We enjoy many styles and think that the custom and traditional things are important.

Japanese people don’t have any religion, but I think that we have Japanese style which help us and make us happy.